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The sweet heat of carrot coconut soup

The thing that Thai food gets just right is the balance of sweet and spicy. While the chili sauce raises the heat, the coconut cools it down. This soup takes notes from the Southeast Asian cuisine, but it’s completely accessible to everyday cooks. After becoming a huge fan of Carrot Ginger soup last year, I thought I’d expand my carrot cuisine, and try a different take — Carrot Coconut soup. While this soup would be good all year long, the colors and flavors make it perfect for fall. I served it with a gooey brie grilled cheese on multigrain bread and a smear of apricot jam. The consistency of this soup is perfect for dunking. Carrot Coconut Soup Serves about 4 Ingredients 1/4 butter 1 pound carrots, washed, chopped 1 large onion, chopped salt pepper 2 cups (1 can) vegetable broth, (chicken broth if non-vegetarian) 14 oz (1 can) coconut milk 3 tbsp…

The snacks Martha Stewart never travels without

There are some foods that should not be packed for the office, a plane, or any public space. Tuna fish, hard-boiled eggs, smelly cheese — anything that is going to be offensive to other people in proximity to you. But when you’re Martha Stewart, you can do whatever you want. Stewart recently spoke to the New York Times and shared that her go-to travel snack is none other than hard-boiled eggs. “My hard-boiled eggs are just so much better than any eggs on the plane,” Stewart said. “They’re from my own chickens. I take them for everybody I’m traveling with.” (Okay, it’s nice she shares.) For longer flights she says she might make “a delicious smoked salmon sandwich on seven-grain bread” or tabbouleh salad. Other Stewart-approved plane snacks include homemade yogurt with apple sauce. Basically, she comes prepared for any kind of hunger pang so she doesn’t have to eat what…

Arby’s bringing back venison sandwich nationwide

Last year, Arby’s released a limited-time Venison Sandwich — they just didn’t realize how “limited” it would be. The sandwich sold out in just a few hours. Only a few “hunting-centric” states received the speciality item, but after strong support and requests to bring it back, Arby’s will take the burger national this time. Beginning October 21 (and possibly ending), the Venison Sandwich will be added to all Arby’s menus nationwide. “If people are interest in trying the sandwich, the only way to guarantee they can get one is to get there when we open or a little before and make sure they are in line, just like the folks last year,” said Arby’s Chief Marketing Officer Jim Taylor. The venison (aka. deer meat) burger is fairly simple sandwich. It features a thick-cut venison steak, crispy onions and a berry sauce served on a toasted bun, according to the company. Arby’s is the…

How Americans became so obsessed with pumpkins

Halloween and Thanksgiving are quickly approaching, but the spirit of the season has already been here for weeks. By early August, retailers were stocking shelves with pumpkin-flavored foods. Starbucks began selling it’s famous Pumpkin Spice Latte back on Sept. 1, and pumpkin beer has been available in bars for just as long. People associate pumpkins with fall, and as they look forward to the season, the demand for pumpkin everything increases. According to Nielsen data, sales of pumpkin and pumpkin spice-flavored items skyrocketed last year to $414 million – up from $286 million in 2013. But this hasn’t always been the case. There was a time when pumpkins weren’t celebrated as they are today — with products bearing their beloved image and contests cheering on their gigantic size. “American colonists were less than enthusiastic about pumpkins,” said Cindy Ott, author of Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon. The colonists were accustomed to eating a diet of domesticated meats…

8 Foods you can carve that aren’t pumpkins

Be original this year and forget about pumpkin carving. There are other fun foods you can turn into jack-o-lanterns just as easily. You could start with an unusual looking squash — one of those green and bumpy ones you see at the farmers market, or you could take it totally weird and think citrus. Here are eight creative carving ideas for Halloween. Apples Apples are another symbol for fall, so why not give them the jack-o-lantern treatment? Their firm flesh and thin skin make them a perfect candidate for going under the knife. If you plan on keeping them around for longer than a few hours, try spraying with a bit of lemon juice to keep from turning brown. Bonus points for turning your creation into the best fall apple of them all — candy apples. https://www.instagram.com/p/BMO8G07jQfy/?tagged=carvedapple Oranges A grapefruit spoon will help you tackle the delicate job of gutting an orange. Carve…

Here are the new food emojis coming to your iPhone

The novelty of the burrito has barely worn off, and already the tech gods are giving us new emojis to express our true feelings. That’s right. Apple is rolling out new emojis with iOS 11.1. In total, Apple is releasing 56 new emojis along with updates for some of the current emojis. Many of the updates will people people who sought to have emojis more inclusive of neutral genders and ages. According to Apple, the emojis “will be in next week’s developer and public beta seeds and debut in upcoming software updates for iOS, WatchOS and MacOS.” Since telling people what we’re eating in the most important use for emojis, here are a few new food emojis to look forward to sharing: A Sandwich: A dumpling: A coconut: meat: pie: takeout: broccoli: canned vegetables: a fortune cookie: A pretzel: Which one are you most excited for? Other exciting emojis include a mermaid,…

Office workers consume a shocking number of extra calories in snacks every year

Glazed donuts, pretzels, salted peanuts. What is it about a 9-5 desk job that makes you want to eat all the darn time? You barely finish breakfast before your stomach is rumbling for a mid-morning snack or lunch. And let’s not even talk about those late afternoon hunger pangs. Whether it’s boredom or temptation that has you giving in to the slice of cake, the calories consumed present a huge cause for concern. According to a recent survey by Dutch food brand Kallø, all of those extra calories add up to a shocking 100,000 extra calories every year for the average woman. Your eyes probably just popped a little bit, and you might have even put down that potato chip — and that’s a good thing. All those extra calories are, of course, seriously adding to your waistline. 100,000 calories is the equivalent to eating 193 double cheeseburgers or 502 bars of chocolate. If you go…

Apple, brie soup with walnut crumble

It’s officially soup season. I’ve been going through a pot about every two or three days. Most times I make my own recipes inspired by whatever I have in the fridge. But to ignore other cooks out there, is to miss out on the fun of sharing ideas — and some really fantastic food, too. The name had so many craveable ingredients — brie, cheddar, walnuts, maple, apple cider — I had to try it for myself. Here is an apple, brie soup recipe I borrowed and altered a bit for my liking. It’s vegetarian and has a healthy punch from the flax and walnuts. Hope you enjoy as much as I did. *This soup would pair well with a roast beef or portobello sandwich. Apple, brie soup with walnut crumble Serves about 6 Soup Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 tsp fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried) 2 cups…

20 Spooky Halloween Recipes

Food creativity around Halloween goes way up! I’m always amazed at the things people come up with for this holiday in particular. My theory is that it’s driven by moms up late at night who forgot about their kid’s classroom party — “We only have pretzels and chocolate in the pantry?! Yup, totally looks like Frankenstein!” Either way, these ideas are enviable. But luckily, these crafty folks proudly pasted their ideas to Pinterest for the rest of us to marvel at — and of course copy. Mini Halloween Pizzas It’s genius. Why shouldn’t cheese look like ghosts around Halloween? https://www.pinterest.com/pin/155655730851255379/ Jack Skellington Oreo Pops Everyone’s favorite Halloween movie. Or is it Christmas? … Or is it Halloween? The debate continues. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/201254677082069614/ Skeleton Ribs and Guts Clever. Gross, but clever. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/283726845257060705/ Monster Toes So easy. And a really cool idea, too! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/143481938112679123/ Strawberry Ghosts Again, super simple, but incredibly tasty. Everyone loves chocolate covered…

Roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans, squash and cranberries

Think you don’t like Brussels sprouts? This recipe will change your mind. Brussels sprouts have made a major comeback, and for a good reason. They’re loaded with vitamin C, antioxidants, folate and fiber that will help keep you full and regular while lowering your change of heart disease and stroke. But if all you’ve had are mushy green sprouts soaking in some flavorless liquid, no wonder you don’t list them among your favorite foods. The key to enjoying brussels is the texture acquired while roasting. Brussels have thin leaves that become addictively crispy when done right — like a more filling kale chip. Blanching brussels first allows you to roast them at a higher temperature and achieve maximum crispiness. This gluten-free, vegetarian side dish of Brussels sprouts, cinnamon, squash, cranberries and pecans is a perfect addition to the Thanksgiving table — or any table. Brussels Sprouts salad with fall…